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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 6:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Luxury Zip Trip: Crossing Catalina Canyons

Luxury Zip Trip: Crossing Catalina Canyons

Ready to helmet up and go flying, island adventurers? Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 6:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island: Peek Beneath the Boat

Catalina Island: Peek Beneath the Boat

The iconic sail truly puts the ocean under your feet. Read »

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two-Wheeling It on Catalina Island

Two-Wheeling It on Catalina Island

Rolling around Avalon? Going more adventurous? Yes to both! Read »

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Hooting-it-up in the middle of a crowd is fun, but some quiet is lovely, too. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You, 2014, and One of California's Great Buildings

You, 2014, and One of California's Great Buildings

Dance in the new year inside Catalina Island's Casino Building. Read »

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ocean Christmas: A Very Catalina Season

Ocean Christmas: A Very Catalina Season

Decorations, shopping, and a certain New Year's Eve party round out the yuletide. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Arrrr? Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrr? Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Sure, you can talk like a pirate anywhere, but why not with other pretend pirates? Read »

Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cinematic Isle: Catalina Film Festival

Cinematic Isle: Catalina Film Festival

Sharon Stone is an honoree at the 2013 island-based soiree. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

The island-sweet deals continue throughout the year (but the year is going). Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Long to try both island cities over one trip? You can. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.